Man who Robbed Esquivel Bail Bonds in Harlingen Caught in Bexar County

POSTED: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 3:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 2:45pm

The suspect, Johnny Garcia, was caught and arrested in San Antonio Tuesday but is now back in Harlingen faced with two charges.

He’s now charged with burglary of building and engaging in organized criminal activity. 30-year-old, Johnny Garcia Jr., was on the run for a little over two weeks but was caught outside the Rio Grande Valley. He was caught in Bexar County. Throughout the course of the investigation, Harlingen investigators linked Garcia to the crime and on Tuesday, local authorities received information that Garcia was in custody at the Bexar County Jail for the warrant Harlingen PD put out.

"We feel glad justice has been served. There’s still an ongoing investigation on the items that were stolen."

The 30-year-old is accused of forcing his way inside through this back door of Esquivel Bail Bonds back on June 4th. Once inside, police say Garcia took four laptops, a camcorder and other office items, all worth about $5,000.

"We did have to go out and purchase these items again because we do use them on a daily basis."

Luckily for this business, they were equipped with several surveillance cameras. Alfredo Gomez Jr, an employee at the bail bonds, says without those cameras, who knows if Garcia would have ever been caught.

"It was a big help. It captured his profile. Image was clear."

Although the cameras were a huge help to the police department, the business is now going to heighten their security system, they do not want to fall victims ever again.

"We’re in the process of beefing up our security system, adding an alarm. We did reinforce the backdoor."

Once in custody of Harlingen PD, Garcia confessed to breaking in and stealing from the bail bonds. He was arraigned this morning and his bond was set at $57,000.

Harlingen police say more suspects are linked to this burglary and arrests may be coming soon.